Xiaomi, a Chinese brand that has a reputation in smartphone market similar to Apple devices on its territory, has announced The Mi4, which is the last and most impressive smartphone to date.
We expected a premium device with a metal frame. It turns out that it was a well-founded speculation. The Mi4 features a stainless steel frame, which has a curved plastic back cover, and a 5-inch IPS screen to the other side.
Although it is not quite the beast of metal we had hoped, it’s still a step in the right direction. Xiaomi has chosen a Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz to power the smartphone, which is in fact identical to most of the lights out Android smartphones this year, including Samsung Galaxy S5 or LG G3. This is paired with 3GB RAM, and a choice of 16GB or 64GB internal storage.
The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1080p or 1920 x 1080 pixels, and there is a 13 megapixel camera on the rear cover of the smartphone. Xiaomi mentioned that the sensor has HDR mode, and a 4K video recording, and is based on the Sony IMX214 sensor with an aperture of f1.8. In addition, Xiaomi did not skimp on the front camera which is now a real issue with selfies. Indeed, it brings a huge 8 megapixel sensor and a 80 degree wide-angle lens. Final specifications include a 3080 mAh battery which is expected to offer a range of at least a day.
Xiaomi will charge about $320 for the 16GB model and $400 for the 64GB Mi4 , which is pretty good for such a smartphone. Unfortunately, there is no detail on its marketing at present, but it is unlikely that the smartphone will be launched outside the established Xiaomi markets very soon.